They are waiting to be taken back to Cameroon by Ethiopian Airlines.
In its edition of June 29, 2017 the daily newspaper Le Jour reports that about 600 pilgrims are currently blocked in Saudi Arabia. They were there to take part in the Umrah 2017. They were due to return to Cameroon on Monday, June 26, 2017, but for want of a plane their trip was rather dismissed. They continue to wait at the Jeddah International Airport. They must be embarked aboard a flight of the airline Ethiopian Airlines. They say they have been abandoned “by the supervisors and officials of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization and by the members of the National Commission of Hajj“. According to information, some officials are missing.
The daily says that on the side of the Consulate of Cameroon in Jeddah, nothing filters as information on this subject. Alhadji Mohaman Salissou one of the pilgrims contacted by telephone by the newspaper said “the flight was scheduled for this Tuesday. We are on holiday here in Jeddah. We are abandoned at the airport. We sleep out. ” The discourse is the same for other pilgrims like Alhadji Ibrahim also contacted by the daily. “It’s both embarrassing and annoying. We are still waiting for the chartered plane to bring us back. We had to be in the country since Monday evening and Tuesday at the latest. There we are not told anything. Even our framers are invisible, “he says.
However, the daily reports that there are some of them who, tired of waiting have bought other air flight tickets from other companies. And those who do not have the opportunity to do so, are forced to wait for Ethiopians Airlines to fly. Alhadji Ahmadou Modibo, a framer of the pilgrims approved by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, joined by telephone by Le Jour said he had arranged for the return in the coming hours of the pilgrims.